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Speaking in Parliament, before an energy portfolio committee, South African energy minister David Mahlobo said the Department of Energy is now ready to publish the long-awaited Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

Mahlobo indicated that the IRP, which was approved by Cabinet in December 2017, has been revised downwards because of the state of the economy energy demand.

Business Day cited the energy minister stating that the plan is not policy but a resource plan and the department had not yet decided to initiate any major projects to implement the plan.

“If we are to proceed with solutions proposed in the Integrated Resource Plan, we will need to have a business plan,” Mahlobo said.

The minister said that no deals on nuclear or anything else had been struck and would not happen without a plan. Read more…

Mahlobo committed to nuclear deal

Meanwhile, the opposition party, Democratic Alliance (DA) issued a statement saying: “At the Energy Portfolio Committee today [Tuesday], Minister Mahlobo sent out a clear signal that he remained committed to the nuclear deal.”

Deputy Energy Minister, Thembisile Majola, told Parliament that the submission by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the IRP has been overtaken because its projection for energy demand has not materialised.

Majola said that in its engagements with the department the CSIR has had to withdraw its studies because of this.

The Deputy Energy Minister was responding to a question by DA energy spokesman Gavin Davis, who wanted to know whether the Department had considered the CSIR and Eskom submissions when it finalised the IRP.